The Malik Report
by George Malik on 07/29/13 at 04:08 PM ET
Via Paul, Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo took part in a whirlwind tour of Nunavut communities in the
province territory of Nunavut this past weekend, working with a Native Canadian-business-sponsoring company called Nunasi to discuss goal-setting, staying in school, substance abuse issues and job opportunities with Inuit kids, and Nuntasiaq Online's David Murphy filed a report about Tootoo's trip:
Even with the tinny audio system and poor acoustics at a small gym in the Nunavut community of Qikiqtarjuaq, Jordin Tootoo’s message comes out loud and clear.
“I’m just a regular Inuk,” said Tootoo — the only Inuit National Hockey League player — July 27 in Qikiqtarjuaq as part of the 2013 Nunasi Corp. Community Tour.
And in many ways — despite the money, fame and endorsement deals — Tootoo is just that. Tootoo, who grew up in Rankin Inlet, isn’t shy about opening up on the personal issues, such as suicide and alcohol abuse, that plague Nunavut’s communities today.
In 2002 Tootoo’s brother, Terence, died by suicide. And in 2010, Tootoo sought help for an alcohol abuse addiction, leaving the future of his hockey career in limbo.
When Tootoo brings the word “suicide” up among a crowd of 40 people sitting around Qikiqtarjuaq’s community gym, the room’s buzz of conversation tapers off as Tootoo commands everyone’s attention.
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